Sir David Chipperfield, a trustee of the museum and a Soane Medal juror, states that Scott Brown was a clear choice due to her “profound and far-reaching” contributions to architecture, urbanism, theory and education over the last fifty years. “Her example has been an inspiration to many, and we are delighted to honour her with the award of the Soane Medal,” states Chipperfield.
The Sir John Soane Museum in London has awarded renowned American architect, planner and theorist Denise Scott Brown the 2018 Soane Medal. The annual prize is the second ever awarded by the museum and is given to architects who have made a major contribution to their field through their work, education or theory.
The Zambian-born Scott Brown is a co-founder of the celebrated firm Venturi Scott Brown, with her husband and partner, Robert Venturi. She has had a hand in designing projects on an international stage, including: the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, London (1991), the Mielparque resort in Kirifuri National Park, Japan (1997) and the Département de la Haute-Garonne provincial capitol building in Toulouse, France (1999). Notably, Scott Brown and Venturi co-authored the influential book Learning from Las Vegas in 1972, which heralded the postmodernist era in architecture.
The Soane Medal was established in 2017, in the memory of the museum’s founder and 19th century architect, Sir John Soane. The medal continues the Soane’s mission to foster a better cultural understanding of architecture. Scott Brown’s award was celebrated at a special public ceremony on Wednesday, October 17, in the wing of the National Gallery she helped design.